On occasion when people hear that I have written a two volume set of books entitled Christian Life Issues, Volume 1 and 2, based on the Bible and John Bunyan’s classic description of the Christian life, I’ve been asked to explain my purpose for writing these two volumes. My main purpose—as is true or should be true for every Christian in terms of whatever they do— is to magnify the Lord and help people see how glorious He is (1 Cor. 10:31; Rom. 11:36). But the question is, how can we do that? Continue reading
Several years ago, someone told me the story of a young couple in another city. The wife, in her early 30’s, was informed that she had breast cancer. The evening before her mastectomy her husband came by her hospital room. He did not touch her. He simply said, “I cannot live with a breastless woman. I will be filing for a divorce.” When I was told this tragic story, I questioned it. My informant assured me that it was a true story.
What a contrast to my friends Jim and Jane (not their real names) who are walking through a very difficult time with Jane suffering from a malignant brain tumor. Continue reading
As anyone who ministers to others knows, our ability to biblically care for others flows from the Lord’s work in our own hearts. Our ability to help others who are struggling with sin and to deal with the concerns of our own lives is directly related to how we have allowed the Lord and His Word to challenge our sin and help us to lean on Him in the circumstances of life. Continue reading
Smartphones are everywhere and it is common to see very young kids playing on a tablet or to see older kids texting at every intersection. As counselors or parents, how do we navigate the inevitable conversations, develop reasonable rules, and lay down age-appropriate guidelines regarding smartphones? I hope to lay out some ways you can help those you counsel be smart about smartphones and other social media. Continue reading
Dr. Steve Viars, Pastor at Faith Ministries in Lafayette, Indiana, joins Curtis to discuss the importance and value of reaching out to our neighbors with the love of Christ ministering to them both body and soul. Dr. Viars shares how biblical counseling is an effective outreach that opened doors to other avenues of outreach through community service. Continue reading
The details of situations can seem vitally important. But could it be that the really important things come in the brief moments of vulnerably that are shared in the dialog of a counseling session. Those brief moments are often easily lost. This post explores how to better navigate the details in order to not to miss moments of deep connection. Continue reading
According to the Scriptures, taking care of widows is a big deal. But in a culture obsessed with youth, it sometimes seems that ministry to widows has been pushed to the periphery. How can this be changed and what does it look like to really care for widows? Continue reading
While biblical counseling may be simple, it is not simplistic. Unlike Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, The Internal Family Systems Model, and other counseling approaches, biblical counseling cannot be diminished into a reductionistic methodology. It is against this idea that sanctification is a formulaic one-size-fits-all affair, that David Powlison writes his new book, How Does Sanctification Work? Continue reading
Have you ever felt like someone was watching you? I have. That eerie feeling when you suspect someone’s eyes are on you. Depending on where you are, your experience of this feeling changes. At home when I look up and see a five-year-old’s eyes peering down at me in bed, I have sheer joy. This of course is much different than when riding a subway, walking down a dark sidewalk at night, or sitting in an empty house with the windows open and sense someone is watching.
The reality is that people do watch you. Continue reading
Dr. Jeremy Lelek joins Curtis for this episode of 15:14. Dr. Lelek shares about the Association of Biblical Counselors (ABC) and the new structure of the Called to Council Conference for 2018. He also talks about another ministry he leads … Continue reading
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